Cheesecake and Brownies…together…could there be anything more yummy? I mean really! Boy do I mean REALLY! Now, Dear Hubby says these are too chocolately. How can you get “too chocolately”? That’s like an oxymoron isn’t it? These are definately rich, and if you like cake-type brownies you may be disappointed. These are more like fudgy and dense. Besides being super easy, they are almost as much as you could ever want in a dessert. (Yes, dear husband, I know…they don’t have caramel…sorry.) The only thing I may do differently next time is to try them fresh and warm right out of the oven with some Dreyers Vanilla Bean ice cream!

Thanks again to Smitten Kitchen for another great recipe!

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Recipe – Snickerdoodles

October 13, 2009

Oh, boy! I think I have found the perfect snickerdoodle recipe! These just melt in your mouth, and are really yummy with some hot chocolate or Pero. Be prepared for some serious cookie binging with these. The recipe comes from one of my favorite cooking blogs Smitten Kitchen. There’s the link and  a picture of the ones I made.

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September 30, 2009

Some thoughts today, because it’s rainy and I’m feeling thoughtful.

Feeling fall nesting coming on.  It’s conference weekend and I’m wanting to clean and organize the house from the summer mania.  Put up fall decorations.  Plan for the Stoddard Family Halloween Feast.  Wanting to bake yummy warm tasty things to eat.  Bread, zucchini bread, cookies.  Mmmm.  Also wanting to make and can the pizza sauce to use up all those tomatoes.  Make the Pechuga Over Rice recipe from the Mexican resteraunt in Cody we went to last month.  (Maybe I can talk Chef Dave into cooking it while I take Syd to piano lessons?).  Maybe turn the fireplace on and read a book on the couch.  But then there are also these things I’d like to do.

Go sage hen hunting with Dave.  Not because I necessary like to kill things, but because I love being out in the crisp fall air and walking and just being outside.  Seeing the soft sagey colors of the fall sagebrush and the red and orange leaves of the desert bushes and the dried wheat colored grasses. 

I’m in the mood to take photographs of the fall colors.  Maybe take a little hike or a walk and play with my camera.  I’d like to learn more about taking pictures like this (Pioneer Woman – Your Fall Bokeh).  Can I do that with my point and shoot? 

I’d like to sit and scrapbook.  I’ve been wanting to do a mini book of our bike trip.  Still need to do a book of our cruise from a couple of years ago.  Not to mention all the other thousand of photos I have to scrapbook and scan into the computer. 

There’s also the yard.  Which needs some grass.  I really need to see grass in the spring.  I’m tired of dirt and rocks.  Tired of a dirt and dust and weed yard.  I want to plant some bulbs and watch them come up in the spring.  That would make me happy. 

Cuddle on the couch with Dave and watch a good movie.  Get tired and dreamy and fall asleep on the couch next to him.  Sleep in on Sunday.  Mmmm.  That sounds good too.

Looks like I’ve got my weekend all planned doesn’t it?  I don’t know that all that will get accomplished…but I may see some of it. While I cringe a little at the thought of winter coming around the corner, part of me looks forward to it.  The peace and quiet of it.  The being at home comfy of it.  The time to do homey things.  Mostly I just love fall because it’s still in between.  It’s still decent enough to be outdoors, but it’s not the crazy coming and going and busyness of summer.  We aren’t trying to pack something into every second because our summers seem so short.  Now is the time to pull back from that a little bit and take a breath and slow down a little bit.  At least that’s how I’d like it to be.  Sometimes it still seems a bit crazy, probably because I let it get that way.  But it is different.  It is at least a little slower and softer.  So, here’s to fall and my favorite months of the year!

Slow Cooker Lasagna

September 21, 2008

First of all, we are glad to hear that Whitnee’s surgery went well and she is home with her purple casts!

I made this lasagna today in the slow cooker while we were gone to church.  A friend of mine gave it to me to try after I asked her for the recipe because she had talked about it being easy and good.  We really liked it and had it with green beans and garlic bread for Sunday dinner.  Definitely easy and nice to have ready to eat when we got home.

Slow-Cooked Lasagna

1 lb ground lean ground beef
1 (26-28 oz) jar tomato pasta sauce
1 (8-oz) can no-salt added tomato sauce (I just used regular)
1/2 (9-oz) pkg. (about 8 pieces) no-boil lasagna noodles
1 (1-lb) jar Alfredo pasta sauce
12 oz (3 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 C grated Parmesan cheese

  1. Brown ground beef in large skillet over medium high heat until thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently.  Drain.
  2. Spray 4-5 quart slow cooker with non stick cooking spray.  Spread 3/4 cup of the tomato pasta sauce in the bottom of the sprayed slow cooker.  Stir remaining tomato pasta sauce and can of tomato sauce into ground beef.
  3. Layer 3 lasagna noodles over the sauce in the slow cooker, breaking noodles as necessary.  Top with 1/3 of the Alfredo pasta sauce, spreading evenly.  Sprinkle with 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese.  Top with 1/3 of the ground beef mixture, spreading evenly.
  4. Repeat layering twice, using 2 lasagna noodles in the last layer.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top.
  5. Cover and cook on low setting for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours.  If desired cut into wedges to serve. 

Makes 8 servings. 

Was really yummy!


August 18, 2008

Last Sunday we went searching for huckleberries.  Look at those little yummy little berries; so tart and sweet!  There is nothing to compare to that taste.  We ate all that we picked because dear hubby doesn’t have the patience to pick a gallon or two, so we left with me just knowing that most likely I wouldn’t get another opportunity this summer to get some.  I guess I’ll have to live with the closely guarded few I have left in the freezer.